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Baltic Sea Journey (pt. 2 of 2)

Today's concert has music and musicians from the ten countries bordering on the Baltic Sea - a mix of brief and lively pieces that include music created as a form of political protest.

Kurt Weill Fest 2015 Kristjan Järvi

Kristjan Järvi

The Karelia Suite invokes the region of Karelia, today located partly in Finland, partly in Russia. The music suggests the sounds of Karelian hunters bringing furs to ruling princes, a ballad recalling a lament by a deposed 15th century king and the conquest of a Finnish city in the 16th century by Swedish troops. Adds conductor Kristjan Järvi on the intentions of composer Jean Sibelius:

"He really wanted to get to the sense of what the Finnish culture was, so you'll hear a lot of horse riding there and lots of heroic moments of incredible spirituality, beauty - along with a Christian Orthodox anthem which was very much part of culture back then because Finland was a part of Russia and the Russian empire at that time."

Each year, the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic commissions new music, often choosing pieces that are "outside the box." That certainly applies to the music of Latvian composer Gediminas Gelgotas, whose "Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean" has been in the orchestra's repertory since 2012. In the piece, the instrumentalists rap texts having to do with freedom of art and of artists.

Rounding out the hour are a number of rousing encores and a piece by contemporary Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder, who has written on commission for this orchestra.

Beethovenfest Baltic Sea Lisiecki und Järvi

Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Karelia Suite, op. 11

Gediminas Gelgotas (1986-)
Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) / Daniel Schnyder (1961-)
Water Music Overture (encore)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Turkish March in B-flat Major (encore)

Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)
Finale from The Prodigal Son (encore)

Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic
Conductor: Kristjan Järvi

Recorded by Deutsche Welle (DW) in the Beethoven Hall, Bonn, on September 26, 2014

Daniel Schnyder
Trumpet Concerto, first movement
Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet
Hanover Radio Philharmonic
Conductor: Kristjan Järvi

on CD 03126 / Enja Records

Rebroadcasting rights: one broadcast before January 11, 2016

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